“A Esposa” (“The spouse”)
by Manuela Barile and Sergio Cruz
Poetic documentary film and sound installation
Produced by Binaural / Nodar
Funded by the General Directorate of Arts
“A Esposa” (“The Spouse”) is a documentary film that comes from a poetic reflection on the ancestral importance of marriage in the context of rural mountain communities, particularly the rites of passage of the day of the ceremony where the bride leaves the home where she was born and grown up towards an uncertain future where nothing will be as before. “A Esposa” was based on an investigation of multiple elements of intangible heritage connected to the theme of the wedding, developed in the village of Sequeiros (municipality of São Pedro do Sul), including first-person accounts of women who live in the village and whose voices appear in the film. The film ends with a traditional song recorded in the natural landscape of Manhouce with Isabel Silvestre and rural women.